March 2011: The Lean Times; Coffee Research, What's Next?

Tue, 2011-03-01
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The Lean Times [We were discussing the nearly complete lack of Central American coffees in our offerings when Tom remembered that he wrote about this in a past Tiny Joy. He has a good memory because I found it in the Nov-Dec ’04 edition! I am reproducing part of that here since it is still relevant. – Maria]

Mar - Apr 1999: Caveats of Buying Green Coffee; Lordy ...Its the Mother Bean!

Mon, 1999-03-01

Caveats of Buying Green Coffee

The new crop Centrals have arrived, and I have some ...but not much. Let me explain some of the caveats of buying new crop coffees.

While there's no hard and fast rule when it comes to buying green coffee, its generally better to wait for mid-crop pickings. The first coffees to arrive from any origin will come from the lowest altitudes on the farm, and therefore the coffee cherries will mature earlier. Lower altitude coffees have not properly developed, lacking bean density and often the full character of the origin.

Dec 2000: Here Comes The New Crop; In Defense of Cupping

Fri, 2000-12-01

It’s true that coffee produced around the world arrives in the United States continuously, but there are certain moments in the crop cycle when the best coffees become available. This varies based on origin, but by coincidence many favorites arrive in the first few months of the new year.

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